LOVE AND LOGIC
Being able to handle the many challenges that life throws at us is something that must be learned. Unfortunately, many young adults have not learned how to handle those challenges. As we move into a new year, and exit this truly challenging year, we can resolve to help our kids learn how to cope with new challenges and give them the tools they will need for whatever their futures bring.
The most fortunate folks on Earth have a strong voice in their hearts, reminding them that they have what it takes to make it through the tough times. Because they possess this “emotional insurance policy” they face life with optimism instead of anxiety. They understand that the resources they have inside can never be taken away and that they will always be at their fingertips when needed.
One of the ways we give our kids this security is by giving them as many life skills as possible. In days gone by, most children learned these skills by being heavily involved in the family economy. They learned how to unplug pipes, nail nails, screw screws, cure leaking toilets, cook meals, clean clothes, and wash dishes by helping their parents.
In today’s world, I find it quite sad that the vast number of bright young adults know nothing about changing a tire, operating a washing machine, getting themselves unstuck from a snowbank, or balancing their checking accounts. People who lack these basic skills are often completely dependent upon others and their lives are full of anxiety as a result. “What will I do if things go bad?” they wonder. “Who will take care of me?”
Thanks for reading!
Dr. Charles Fay